Uematsu’s Dragonsong is the theme for FFXIV’s Heavensward expansion

    
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Did you catch that new Final Fantasy XIV trailer that Square Enix released today? It’s called Dragonsong and it’s the main theme song from the forthcoming Heavensward expansion. Dragonsong is the work of renowned Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and it features vocals from Susan Calloway, who you might remember from the Answers theme to A Realm Reborn.

The trailer boasts a bit of footage from the expansion, which is scheduled to release on June 23rd. Click past the cut to have a look.

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SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Ughh I want this so bad and I can’t have it.

ThunderJackson
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ThunderJackson

Krem The “End of an Era” trailer is in my opinion the best CGI I have seen in any game so I feel it is unfair to compare the two. Everything is damn near perfect. From the music to the animation it just feels like it’s the end of a world.

“Dragonsong” just feels fan made compared to the former with the flashback clips and the filter, but then again “End of an Era” was completely done in CGI and probably cost a lot more to produce.

Sobach
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Sobach

cursedseishii
I think a tank that’s based on sacrificing HP is… counter intuitive.
“Hey, why’d you die?”
“Well, I used my cooldowns…which took away 3/4 of my HP, then Akh Morn finished the job”

“Well, don’t use those next time”

“Then it’s just going to wtfbbq me anyway”

“…whose great idea was this again?”

Leviathonlx
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Leviathonlx

Krem It may have more impact as well once we have the full story behind the Dragonsong in Heavensward.

wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

I will agree that Answers just carries more of a punch somehow…which isn’t a complaint, really, just…I suppose its like looking at a back catalogue of a long-lived musician and picking out the differences of their artistic progression.
However, considering how fully alone we are meant to feel despite the size of Ishgard, this song absolutely succeeds.

wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

Funny, I picked out a bit of a leitmotif from “To Zanarkand” myself.

Krem
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Krem

The quality of this game just gets better and better, however….

Between Dragonsong and Answers, I still prefer Answers, I don’t know why as both are sombre songs  about loss (ironic that both evoke the reverse in levels of hype) but Answers just had this energy Dragonsong doesn’t have. I just feel Dragonsong feels more a closing tune at the end of a long journey, whereas Answers feels more a ‘it’s the end but we carry on’ and drives forward. 

In light of the ‘events’ at the end of ARR, YES, Dragonsong fits the situation, loss, abandoned, alone, and it’s great. I think it’s just that BECAUSE of the way ARR ends and Heavensward starts it’s just so foreign to me (if not everyone) to be in a state not knowing where a story is heading and not having closure with content – Heavenward is like a ‘mid-point’, if even that of a much much larger arc.

I really am stuck between hype and sadness, then again I think that is what both the song and game is aiming at – it’s just quite odd for a game to do that, and it’s actually a good thing.

exeeter
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exeeter

cursedseishi im in the same boat

bakkahentai2600
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bakkahentai2600

cursedseishi  Did you know that Susan Calloway has sung older songs from Final Fantasy? Suteki Da Ne (Isn’t it Wonderful) from FFX (in English!), Melodies of Life from FFIX, Eyes on Me from FFVIII, and Memoro de la Stona from FFXI.

They need her to do English vocals from some other songs, and just release an album. I would buy it.

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

I’m so stoked on Heavensward. Already re-subbed.